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Outdoor Wedding Tips

Outdoor Wedding Tips

Ah, the great outdoors! So you’re having an outdoor wedding! What a great venue choice! Before you solidify your wedding plans, there are some aspects you need to keep in mind. Here are some outdoor wedding tips so you can have the best outdoor wedding.

Hot Weather

No one will be comfortable on a summer wedding day with no water or fans. Pro tip: make fan programs. If it’s a breezy day, your guests can simply read the program. On the other hand, if it is hot, your guests will be thankful you thought ahead. If that’s not your thing, you can also provide paper fans that coordinate to your wedding colors. Another important item you need is a water or beverage station or two. It’s important to stay hydrated on such an emotional day for you and your guests. You could arrange for a big box store run before the wedding to have individual water bottles ready on an iced cooler. You could also have a beverage cooler and individual cups. Either way, water is a must.

Another important factor is where you will be outside. Plan for the worst and expect the best. If you are looking at wedding venue options, it may be a good idea to choose one with a shaded area. Then any guests who feel overheated won’t have to miss the wedding. Similarly, if you easily get overheated it’s important you arrange your ceremony in a cool, shaded area. No one wants the newlyweds passing out on their wedding day!

Bathrooms

It’s not the most glamorous item on your checklist, but it is necessary nonetheless. If you are choosing to have your wedding in a nature preserve, beach, or park it is imperative you sort out the bathroom situation in advance. There are companies who rent out really nice temporary bathrooms. If there are not bathrooms nearby your ceremony location, time to research options for you and your guests when nature calls.

Electricity

Though you are over the moon in love on your wedding day, we’re not referring to that sort of electricity. We mean the electricity needed to power lights, wedding music, and microphones. Keep in mind, when you’re having an outdoor wedding, the options for power. Sometimes there are outdoor outlets nearby, but other times it is impossible. In those cases it’s important to ask about your options. There are generators you can rent. Other times, vendors have battery operated options or their own generators. The last thing you want is no music, lights, or sound on your wedding day.

Cool Weather

Sometimes you pick the one fall or summer day that is surprisingly cold. While we can’t predict the weather, we can plan in advance. A great wedding favor is scarves or pashminas. Especially if you are having a fall wedding it is a good idea to plan for this scenario. Another great way to keep your guests warm is space heaters. Often venues have portable space heaters ready to go. If not, it’s important to research into heating options so you and your guests don’t freeze.

Rain

Tent, Tent, Tent! If you are having an outdoor wedding one of the smartest things you can do is get a tent if there is no pavilion. Rain happens. It’s the proverbial good luck of outdoor weddings. If your venue does not have an indoor option come rain, it’s important that a tent large enough for your wedding is in your plans. There are so many beautiful ways to decorate tents. If you do get lucky and have a sunny day, many tents have roll up walls so you can bring the outdoors in. Better to be safe than sorry so your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

Are you having an outdoor wedding? Did you have an outdoor wedding? What was your favorite part of having it outdoors? What were some logistical struggles? Tell us in the comments below!

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Vase + Twine.  It seems likes couples are getting more and more creative these days when it comes to DIY décor.  From centerpieces to florals, we love to see how couples turn everyday items into special accessories.  It’s often the simplest of pairings that creates the showstoppers, and this vase plus twine combination is the perfect example.  You can mix and match any glass canisters, filling the finished vases with beautiful vibrant greenery or exotic flowers.

Metallic Cake.  Metallics never seem to go out of style or out of season, but something about the temperature change and the promise of fall has us loving anything and everything shiny.  And this pin, well, it takes the cake!  We love that this metallic cake combines simplicity with a touch of the wow factor, leaving guests curious about their dessert.  If this cake tastes half as good as it looks, then guests are definitely in luck!

Vicky Starz Photography

Attendant Pavers.  We love when couples opt to celebrate their love with Mother Nature, though we know that the outdoors often comes with its own set of challenges.  One of the most common concerns we hear involves the old grass meets heels dilemma.  No one wants to be sinking into the grass all ceremony.  Thankfully, this pin offers the simplest solution…pavers!  The simple shaped concrete blocks allow each woman to stand sink-free, letting go of any fears or worries about the grass/heels combo.  These pavers offer another bonus as well, as they tell attendants exactly where to stand, so that they remain perfectly placed throughout the ceremony.

Danielle Daigle Photography